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TRANSMISSION IS FUTURE

With the aim of bringing us closer together through art, in 2011 UNESCO proclaimed the last week of May as International Arts Education Week. This year the central theme is peace. The transmission of knowledge is essential to maintain the diversity and richness of cultures. It fosters social inclusion and tolerance, while at the same time helping to increase our skills in all kinds of fields, including crafts. Imagine how many crafts would have been lost into oblivion if it were not for the masters who pass on their legacy… For all these reasons, we have decided to pay tribute to all those artisans who keep tradition alive and encourage us to cultivate such important skills as creativity and respect for cultures. We have interviewed some of our crafts members. This is what they told us…

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” … Traditional craftsmanship is perhaps the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. However, the 2003 Convention is mainly concerned with the skills and knowledge involved in craftsmanship rather than the craft products themselves. Rather than focusing on preserving craft objects, safeguarding attempts should instead concentrate on encouraging artisans to continue to produce craft and to pass their skills and knowledge onto others, particularly within their own communities…. ” ( Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Intangible Cultural Heritage – UNESCO)


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